Whole30 Butter Chicken Meatballs
Have you been looking for an easy recipe for butter chicken meatballs but with a dairy free twist? You’ll love this version, as an added bonus it’s paleo, Whole30, and also fits the keto diet. Since this recipe fits almost all lifestyles, it’s definitely one to have on hand!
Butter Chicken Meatballs
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Paleo Butter Chicken Meatballs
The first time I had a paleo version of butter chicken was when I cooked up the recipe from This West Coast Mommy. It’s a great recipe, and she taught me how to make my own ghee! I knew I wanted to make this recipe my own so I took the base from her recipe, some ingredient’s from Gordon Ramsay’s sauce recipe and made a Frankenstein of sorts and you know what – it works.
Is it a legit butter chicken sauce? I have no idea. I’m not an expert in this style of cooking but here’s what I do know:
These paleo butter chicken meatballs taste delicious and they’re simple to toss together.
I never order butter chicken in restaurants so I can’t compare it, however, I’m sure it’s different since there is no butter or cream in this recipe (making it paleo and dairy free). This is a fun twist that was inspired by the popular dish.
More recipes like this that I think you’ll like:
- Vitamix (or a high powered blender)
- Dutch Oven
- Ghee (or make your own)
Butter Chicken Meatballs
This paleo butter chicken recipe is a dairy free alternative to a comforting dinner. It’s an easy way to add a keto recipe to your meal plan too!
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt and pepper (just a bit)
Butter Chicken Sauce
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsps chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried cilantro
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 can (156mls) tomato paste
- 1 can coconut milk
Preheat oven to 400F
- Add everything but the ground chicken into a high powdered blender (or food processor) and do a fast chop.
- Add the blender contents into a bowl with the ground chicken.
- Roll into 1 inch balls and lay on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. The meatballs will not be fully cooked yet, that’s okay.
Paleo Butter Chicken Sauce
- In a heavy bottomed stock pot heat up half the ghee over medium heat.
- Add the onion, saute until translucent and then add the garlic and spices.
- Turn the heat down to low-medium and add the rest of the ingredients (including the rest of the ghee).
- Bring to a slow boil, whisking frequently.
- Add the chicken meatballs, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes (or until meatballs are fully cooked).
Serve with cauliflower rice and enjoy!
Yield: 13 meatballs, Serving Size: 1 meatball with sauce
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 186 Calories
- Total Fat: 15.7g
- Saturated Fat: 10.2g
- Cholesterol: 48.4mg
- Sodium: 228mg
- Carbohydrates: 6g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Sugar: 2.4g
- Protein: 7.6g
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